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Sin is the Perversion of Righteousness

Romans 7:13
Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! But in order that sin might be recognised as sin, it produced death in me through what was good, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful. (NIV)

The world, the flesh and the devil are incapable of creating anything new. Sin is always modelled on what is right and good, but twisted in some way to take the glory away from God and the blessing away from human society. Temptation is a set of lies convincing us that it is good to distort God's plan and go a different way.

Even God's Word can be used by Satan to stimulate our sinfulness. When we understand what is holy and precious to God, we can be tempted as we see a way of getting pleasure and glory for ourselves. That certainly does not make reading the Bible wrong, but it reveals our intense evil capacity for perverting the truth. We are not sinners because we sin, but we sin because our deep inner nature is sinful. And so God's Word convicts us of the darkness of our sinful nature and gives us a hunger to be saved.

It is difficult for respectable people to appreciate the depth of depravity that potentially lies within their own heart. But as we read God's Word more, we find we are able to identify with the Apostle Paul who says, "I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature." (Romans 7:18) The moment we use what is good to glorify ourselves we have twisted God's design and perverted His righteousness. So let's challenge ourselves about our motives. And ask those close to you for their honest opinion too! They may well see attitudes and motivations to which we are blind. Then repent of the perversions and ask God's help to follow His plan for the sake of His glory.

Righteous Lord. Thank You for telling me what is right and how to do it. I am sorry for the many ways in which I have perverted Your truth for the sake of my own honour, pleasure and glory. Please help me to fix my eyes on Jesus and serve Him wholeheartedly. In His Name. Amen.
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